Grupo Um

Lelo Nazario described Grupo Um as “Contemporary Brazilian Music; Multidimensional and Transformative” in his 1976 musical venture. He started it with Ze Eduardo. This was a time when there was military dictatorship and repression. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were exiled, but there was also an increase in DIY spirit that spread across Latin America. This spirit was represented very well by Lira Paulistana. It was an independent venue and record-label that sought to spread the vast array of music that had emerged under Vanguardia Paulista. Grupo Um was founded by Lira Paulistana, but its roots are in avant-garde music. They were members of Hermeto Pascoal’s band, and added elements of free jazz and samba to their music. Luis Alvarado

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